SAN ANGELO, TX – In a press release issued June 24, 2019 it was announced that Communications Director Anthony Wilson has accepted a position as the Town Manager of Belgrade, Maine.
Per the release, Wilson joined the City in 2007 as its Civic Events Manager, overseeing municipally owned venues such as Foster Communications Coliseum and the McNease Convention Center. He was named public information officer in 2012 and was promoted to Communications Director in December of that year. When he took over, the communication department was underfunded, and in need of revitalization.
“Within months of taking this job I learned about this revenue source called the PEG fee,” Wilson said. “PEG standing for public educational and government access channel. It’s a fee that we should have been receiving from our local cable provider that we were not that can be used for capital expenses that relate to putting content on our governmental access channel, on SATV.”
During his time as director, the San Angelo Public Information Division won more than 60 local, state and national awards. Wilson joined the City after working in print journalism for two decades, including as managing editor of the Standard-Times. His peers elected him to serve as the treasurer of the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers. He is scheduled to graduate with his master of public administration degree in May. Wilson was also responsible for vastly modernizing the programming on the City’s governmental access channel. Also, July 2019 will see the office take ownership over one of the city’s first two electric fleet vehicles.
“It’s important San Angelo knows I love it, I love my job and I love serving our citizens,” Wilson said. “Our family is simply ready for a new landscape, a new lifestyle and a new adventure. Professionally, I’m also eager for a different challenge. Belgrade and New England offer us all that. Even so, we’ll be leaving a part of ourselves behind here.”
Belgrade is a town of about 3,200 residents in Central Maine. It is a popular summer vacation destination surrounded by seven lakes, including Great Pond, which inspired the setting for the Academy Award-winning movie “On Golden Pond.”
“I’m just fascinated by all the various interactions and the services that are provided by local government,” said Wilson on his transition from media to government. “So the more knowledgeable I became and the more interested I became, I was wanting to have a greater influence on all the many varied issues that local governments face.”
Wilson also spoke on his views concerning the importance of local government, saying “I don’t think that people fully appreciate the profound impact that their local government has on their day to day lives. We focus a lot when its presidential primary season and there’s a presidential campaign, or gubernatorial campaign, but the fact of the matter is local government affects your life on a day to day basis more than anything that happens in Washington D.C.”
His final day with the City of San Angelo will be July 5, 2019. City Videographer Brian Groves will lead the Public Information Office until a replacement is named. City management has not yet stated the scope of their search for a replacement.